Managed to get it booted after running chkdsk but it threw up quite a few bad sector errors during the check - which tells me the HD is very likely on it's way out
Have ordered a new HD for the laptop. Oo the old drive, there is a HP Recovery partition. I am wanting to know if there is a way I can utilise this to create a new image of the OS etc onto the new drive. I considered a full drive ghost (both old and new drives are 500GB), but would this also transfer all the flagged areas on the old drive? It's been a long time since I ghosted anything, and never from a failing drive
Drive won't arrive till tomorrow at the earliest, but want to make sure I am prepped before it gets here.